The Scouts Heritage Service runs an Enquiries Service to support users with research into the history of Scouting.  Typical enquiries include research into group or district histories, information about Scouting events and identifying objects.

The Enquiries Service is led by our Heritage Research Assistant who typically works three days a week. We aim to make an initial response to your enquiry within five working days. If you would like to contact us about an aspect of Scout heritage please provide us with as much information as possible to aid our research.

The Heritage Service has limited capacity, if we believe the enquiry will take a large amount of staff time we may invite you to visit Gilwell Park to conduct your own research visit.

Data Protection

Please note that we can only release information about individuals in line with GDPR regulations.  This means that we cannot release information about individuals who are still living without their prior consent.

As we don’t necessarily know whether an individual is deceased we have a blanket policy that we don’t release data for people who could be under 100 years old.  As of 2018 this means that we cannot release information about:

  • Leaders after 1938.
  • Scouts after 1928
  • Cubs after 1926

Where we have group records for instance registration documents we can release these once we have removed all personal data.